OCALA, Fla., January 30, 2014 — The subject of American race relations is contentious, to put it mildly.
It is no secret that a great deal of minority communities are depressed. This comes in both the economic and social senses. Some, both within these communities and outside of them, claim that bigotry prevents young individuals from achieving their full potential.
Is this a statement of fact, or just conveniently spun fiction?
Dr. Paul Gottfried is one of our country’s most outspoken paleoconservative intellectuals. A recently retired professor at Elizabethtown College, his observations of the human condition have generated ample praise and derision.
“Obviously I don’t agree with the idea that ‘bigotry’ prevents young blacks from rising,” Dr. Gottfried explains to Communities Digital News. “Government designed race-policies, multicultural ideology, and the white politics of guilt have all played a role here.”
One of the few public intellectuals who has found more controversy than Dr. Gottfried is Robert Weissberg. For decades, the University of Illionis, Urbana emeritus professor was a popular columnist and public speaker. He was fired by the National Review for his opinions, but continues to write about sociocultural relations.
Dr. Weissberg tells CDN that the bigotry argument is “(a)bsolutely false. Lots could be said here but let’s start with horrible work habits that make many of these kids unemployable. These habits begin in school where teachers and administrators just want to keep the peace by avoiding any discipline.
“Just pass them on and get paid and if you crack the whip too hard, you’ll risk a DOJ investigation or a Reverend Al demonstration. Here in NYC (and elsewhere) many employers seem to love Hispanics and foreign-born blacks from the Caribbean. This is a truth that dare not speak its name.”
So then, why do so many on the left support excess public spending in these communities? This question is especially vexing as said spending rarely results in long term progress of any kind.
“What you call ‘excess public spending’ in disintegrated minority communities serves certain identifiable interests: e.g., Democratic politicians, race hustlers, government agencies designed to deal with poverty and discrimination,” Dr. Gottfried says. “This spending does some good because it enriches members of the political class.”
Dr. Weissberg claims that money flows due to “(j)obs and more jobs. I don’t think that many today really believe that all these programs will work. ‘Helping the poor’ is the new industry in America. Failure is the new success. Think of it as the De-industrialization Revolution, transforming the absence of work into economic growth. Might somebody suggest how to calculate Negative Horsepower?”